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Are you building a new home or remodeling your existing one and thinking about adding something unique. Do you have a young hockey player who aspires to be the next Sidney Crosby or Natalie Darwitz hockey superstar? Do you want an excellent form of exercise for the whole family? Then a home hockey rink is an ideal choice.

If you are a construction company striving to build “the next best thing” in the neighborhood, consider adding a home hockey rink to the plans. For a remodel, creatively convert an extra space, such as an attic, spare bedroom, garage, or unfinished basement.

In a new construction home, instead of adding a four-season porch, incorporate a unique feature such as a home hockey ice rink. In any case, you may be the envy of the neighborhood.

Take a look at these examples of how you might want your finished rink to look. Then contact us at KwikRink today to get started on your home project.

Add value to your home

Add an indoor synthetic ice practice area similar to the indoor practice courts we are seeing on upscale model homes using artificial ice flooring. Install synthetic ice over existing hardwood or concrete.

The home hockey rink uses a synthetic ice surface that is suitable for those who want to skate for entertainment, for budding superstars, and even for the high-level athlete. In no time, you can have your rink set up and ready for use.

Your future hockey stars, figure skaters, and general skating enthusiasts can begin perfecting his/her skills. Extra practice is key in boosting confidence in skating, executing training exercises during practice, and enhancing performance on the ice during a game.

Believe it or not, a KwikRink synthetic ice surface feels like the real thing. Skate blades glide with little friction. The artificial surface does not negatively impact the skater’s speed and ability to navigate drills and exercises.

We take pride in developing technology that will not cause skaters to slow down as they change from forward to backward skating, both of which skaters need to complete drills and other training aids.

Not only does the ice surface feel natural, but it is long-lasting and “self-lubricating,” so it does not dry-up. It is impossible to skate on a dry surface. Invest in a product that will last for years and add value to your home.

Save time and money

You don’t need to have a big backyard or live in a cold climate to have the convenience of a personal skating rink. This convenience will save you time and money,

You won’t need to pay for a costly gym membership or hire a personal trainer because ice skating is a year-round activity that can provide excellent physical fitness benefits. It is something fun you can do with the entire family too.

You won’t have to worry about sending your child somewhere else to practice or devoting time to arranging rides and driving your child around to other rinks. Save your hard-earned cash by spending less on gas and ice-time rental fees.

Don’t lose any more practice time because a snowstorm kept you from getting to the rink. Or not being able to skate outside because of dangerous wind chills or melting ice.

Spend more time practicing and being with family instead of driving around to whichever rink has open ice-time tonight. Believe it or not, your child may enjoy more quality time at home, practicing with friends, and being close to you instead of running off somewhere else.

Arial shot of a synthetic ice hockey rink in a summer setting

Better than a pool or traditional ice rink

Having a synthetic ice rink in the convenience of your home has many advantages. Unlike an outdoor ice rink, a synthetic rink requires very little time to put together and is low maintenance.

You don’t need to clear off an indoor synthetic rink due to precipitation, or constantly tweaked due to changing weather conditions. You can eliminate the worry of having your ice rink melt, and the time spent clearing your yard for set up, or the constant efforts to maintain the ice surface with a synthetic ice rink.

Outdoor pools are also costly to install and maintain. And, unless you live in a tropical climate, or the north pole, outdoor pools, and traditional ice rinks are limited to short, weather-appropriate seasons.

The KwikRink synthetic ice surface is affordable, easy to install, convertible, and adaptable. The design of the synthetic ice tiles allows them to be put together with ease, much like puzzle pieces.

The entire system can be separated, removed, and reinstalled in a short time frame. These rinks are tailored-made to fit in any area; the main requirement is that it is a flat surface.

These artificial ice rinks can also have the appearance of an authentic hockey rink. Add markings specific to playing hockey, including goal crease lines, face-off spots, and circles patterns.

Hockey is a growing trend and is no longer limited to cold climates, so adding a synthetic rink is desirable in many different weather conditions. You don’t need a full-size rink to perform many of the drills and exercises; you can even hold a small scrimmage on this surface.

Best of all, your skating enthusiasts won’t have to abandon their favorite activity just because the season changed. There will be no more excuses for lapses in working on their skating and hockey skills, and for exercising year around.

Make it a memorable home

A synthetic ice rink is kind to your pocket-book and can save you time and money. You don’t need to rack up a large water bill to create and maintain the rink.

It is durable and is not affected by changing weather conditions, and it has very minimal upkeep costs. It doesn’t require any special refrigeration or other equipment to maintain – you only need to invest in a quality broom or mop.

If you need to sell your home, it should attract buyers who are looking for something different and will increase the value of the house.

Saving you time and money, while still making your home the place to be and memorable — a great addition to your home for today and the future. Contact KwikRink for a consultation on how to add a rink to your new home or remodel design today.

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With hockey popularity on the rise nation-wide, creating a hockey program could be a natural boon to several types of community spaces. If you manage or associate with a community center, church, or school recreation program, you may have an ideal facility for ice hockey rink dimensions.

Even if your region never gets cold enough for outdoor ice, a synthetic ice rink from KwikRink Synthetic Ice makes your hockey programming dreams an easy click-and-snap into reality.

Setting up a business plan for a hockey training center is a lot easier than you may think. Keep reading for all the essentials to include in your hockey programming foundation.

Once you’ve ironed out your hockey programming particulars on paper, visit our website for a free rink dimension analysis and quote. KwikRink is your partner in hockey programming for all ages and spaces.

First, start in the middle

Though it’s crucial to format your business plan with the executive summary at the beginning, you’ll complete the overview as your last step. Let’s begin with some market research. Try asking yourself and your organization these questions:

  • What is the demand for hockey programming in your community? It may be that you have a population screaming for a new youth and adult hockey league, a hockey instruction program, or a coach’s clinic. If this is true, you’ll have an easier time with marketing and program registration. If your region has not traditionally offered hockey, you may also have some work to do to educate your desired audience. Try offering a survey to your existing audience to gauge excitement around hockey programming. You can also mine your audience for other essential information like how much families and individuals would pay for teams, tournaments, practices, and private coaching.
  • What physical resources do you need? You must cost out your skating rink and any additional equipment like rental equipment, rink barriers, goals, maintenance, additional utility costs, and other incidentals. When you purchase a rink from KwikRink, we can also supply all rink accessories as well as rental skates and other equipment. If you’re bringing a hockey program to your community for the first time, enabling parents to rent skates and equipment as they experience hockey and learn about the sport makes sense. Your audience can step gradually into the sport, absorbing league-associated costs incrementally.
  • How many staff will you require for a successful program? If you’re in a smaller town or will share hockey space with other programming, you may only need a coach and perhaps an assistant to launch a small but successful league. You’ll need to be sure that the staff you hire can handle registrations, practice scheduling, and customer service, as well as the more specialized coaching and hockey instruction. Don’t assume all hockey coaches are gifted at marketing and outreach. Be sure you have talented people lined up for each role that will make your program shine.
  • What systems will help you deliver a superior participant experience? You can have the best coaches in the world and the most ideal practice space ever conceived. But, if your audience can’t find you, cannot pay online, or cannot contact anyone within the program to answer their questions, your program is doomed to fail before it begins. Effective player and team management systems build successful programs. There are many team roster, tournament organizer, and registration-capturing software programs out there. Be sure to research a number of different program management systems to find the one that will meet your needs while also offering you room to grow. Providing an online payment option is also essential to generating revenue with ease for both participants and organizations. Do not skimp here. Be willing to invest in a product that meets you where you are and offers you expansion options as your hockey program evolves.
  • How will your desired audience find out about your hockey program? Effective marketing involves several moving parts. Will you have a website? A few social media accounts? Does your company already have a website to which you can add a landing page or promotional pop-up with a registration and info link? What are some offline tactics you’ll use to spread the word about hockey in your region? A blend of “organic” (unpaid) marketing and paid advertising can help you drive more participants to your training center. If you have the budget for it, enlisting the help of a marketing team in your community can help you create a strategy that will generate more customer traffic, registration, and sales.
  • What else are you forgetting? Other expenses involved with any new program can include insurance (for the facility, contents, and coaching staff), additional utilities, security systems, and more. Walk your facility and make a list of all the ancillary items, both tangible and abstract, that you’ll need to be successful.

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Put the “fun” in funding

Any business plan must have a robust financial section. You’ll need to cost out all the expenses mentioned above.

Provide two columns of expenses in your business plan: one for start-up expenses like rink purchase or any other build-outs to your space, and another for monthly recurring expenses.

The more detail you can provide in these two categories, the more prepared you’ll be for the financial ups and downs of launching your hockey training center.

You’ll also need to list how you plan to pay for your start-up expenses. This section of your plan should include:

  • Existing capital (savings, checking)
  • Investor capital and terms
  • Crowd-funding
  • Business loans
  • Lines of credit

It’s all about the margins

Once you’ve financed your start-up, on paper at least, you must detail how the business will sustain itself in the first few years of operation.

As you reference your monthly expenses and any monthly loan payments, begin to price out your programming according to:

  • Your market: If there are other hockey programs in your region, it’s smart to price your registration fees competitively, unless you’re offering a luxury or specialized experience targeted toward an audience who can pay elevated fees.
  • Your expenses and desired margin: If you’re adding a hockey program to an existing rec facility, think of your margins like this:

Cost of additional staff hours + marketing costs + plus system fees = total programming costs (per month).

Programming costs + desired margin (30% is a good place to start) = desired program revenue per month.

Desired program revenue per month/minimum number of registrants desired for optimal team experience = Individual registration fees.

Your math will be a little more intense than we can cover in this article if you’re opening a brand new dedicated hockey training center.

Pull it all together with KwikRink Synthetic Ice

Finally, once you’ve done all the heavy lifting with your business plan, you’ll finish it up with an Executive Summary that outlines your company mission, your big-picture business goals, and your “why” behind launching a hockey training center.

With KwikRink as your dedicated collaborator, you’ll save money on start-up costs, maintenance, utilities, and more. Our synthetic ice tiles are versatile, durable, low-maintenance, and fit any space available with speedy installation, tear-down, and storage.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you launch a successful hockey training center.

When most of us consider a hockey game, the instant visual is usually a vast, echoing arena, perfectly designed for two teams to battle to the death in a quest to become the ultimate champions. The automatic assumption is that a decent game of hockey needs plenty of space, and this can be an obstacle for many fans and players.

What if we told you that everything you assumed you knew was false and that a full-size arena is not a requirement for many drills, training aids, and even smaller-scale games? Here at KwikRink, we have everything you need to get started in a place that is convenient for you; make the most of that vacant garage, revamp your backyard, or even transform a spare room!

Why Do I Need A Hockey Practice Area?

A hockey practice area on your own property is not only a super cool addition to any home; it can be an essential way for players to keep up their skills and stay in shape off-season and between games.

Having a personal practice area also offers the flexibility to train at a time that is convenient for you, perfect if you have a busy job, young children, or simply a hectic schedule. Instead of having to adapt your routine around training, you can make sure that your activity works for you, without having to worry about arranging childcare or organizing transport to another location!

This personal practice area can also be perfect if you have specific areas you are looking to target during your training. External coaching sessions are often ‘one-size fits all,’ and this can be frustrating if you find yourself continually running drills and practices which focus on skills you already have. Having your own space allows you to hone in on your weaknesses, and use targeted exercises and activities to boost your skills in the best way for your game.

How Can I Have My Own Rink In A Small Space?

You may think that you lack the square footage for a practice rink, but synthetic ice will make you think again. It comes in panels, so it is easy to purchase enough material for your space, no matter the size limitations.

Assemble your own alternative rink and be ready to go in no time. You can even add extras such as shooting tarps or a puck rebounder to help make the space more versatile and personalized to your needs.

What Can I Practice?

Part of the appeal of your small rink is that it is an ideal space for practicing different drills and techniques. The list of potential exercises is lengthy, but here are our top picks when it comes to hockey drills for smaller spaces:

The Quad Pass

This first exercise is a great way to help players develop the perfect pass, and the restricted space forces great concentration and attention. Four players work this drill, and it starts with Players 1 and 2 executing five passes between themselves, focusing on accuracy and soft hands – there isn’t the space to go hard.

After completing the fifth pass, Player 1 will do a touch-pass give and go with Player 3 before carrying out another touch pass to Player 4. All four players then rotate around the space, giving everyone a chance to try every position.

The 1 On 1

This next drill allows players to focus on their timing. Four lines are set up facing the zone at inline with the neutral zone face-off dots. When setting up, make sure that the cones for the defensive lines are slightly staggered; this offers a slight defensive advantage.

Both players start by carrying pucks and completing a figure-eight, both coming out of the turn on the outside of the rink. The defensive player returns the puck to their line coming out of the shape and then takes on the offensive player one on one.

Their focus is on stick position to discourage any potential shot. The job of the offense is to protect the puck and move their feet to get behind the defense.

Players can then switch in and out to practice different skills depending on their individual needs.

Stop And Start

This next activity is great for younger players and builds up accuracy and technique. Players execute starts and stops with a puck, before executing a power turn, and end by taking a shot. This keeps up the pace and takes skills back to the basics – perfect if you are getting back into shape, or having issues in a particular area.

The Perpetual Cycle

A smaller practice space makes The Perpetual Cycle even more of a challenge as great concentration is needed to avoid a collision! Start by dumping in a puck. Player 1 then goes to the corner to pick it up before cycling back. Player 2 follows and picks up the cycle, before the first player cuts across the top and drives to the net, and Player 2 passes for a one-time shot.

After making the pass, Player 1 from the other line dumps the puck in his corner. The player who just made the pass heads to the top of the circle drives it into the corner to pick up the dump and repeats the cycle again. This drill can be repeated without pause and is a perfect way to help players connect and come together, focusing on working as a team, passing, and making the smaller space work to their advantage.

Why Wait?

As you can see, a smaller space does not have to hold you back when it comes to practicing your hockey skills. At KwikRink, we offer a huge range of solutions which are the perfect fit for your particular needs and lifestyle, and ensure that you can train and practice in the way which best suits you. What are you waiting for? Get in touch today to start configuring your practice area, and make the most of that small space!

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The joy of a white Christmas is not a blessing everyone can experience. Lack of snow and cold needn’t stop would-be skaters from experiencing a winter wonderland in the form of an outdoor skating rink, though.

Living in warmer climates does not mean your business or community can’t benefit from an outdoor skating rink. Synthetic ice panels from KwikRink Synthetic Ice snap together in minutes, can be cleaned with a broom and a mop, and still provide the feel of real ice.

If you think buying a synthetic ice rink is cost-prohibitive, look into their rent-to-buy program. Renting a rink is a great way to test out the concept and then purchase the materials you need.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice has set up rinks all around the United States for the holidays. Here are just a few that you can check out if you happen to be in the area.

See for yourself all the innovative ways businesses and communities have incorporated ice rinks into areas where you wouldn’t think possible. Then, give KwikRink a call to get started right away on your synthetic ice rink rental.

Farmington, MO

The Farmington Convention and Tourism Bureau came up with the idea of an ice rink to help draw business into the downtown area during the chillier months. The problem was that wintertime in Missouri still isn’t always cold enough for a traditional ice rink.

KwikRink Synthetic Ice to the rescue! Supplying a few pallets of synthetic ice panels that snap and lock together like puzzle pieces was the perfect solution. Throw in some decorative fencing and rental skates (though everyone can use their own skates as well), and presto–residents and visitors have established a new wonderful winter tradition.

To make this idea even better, volunteers from different organizations staff the rink each night. That means skating is offered to the public for free. The volunteer groups get to take a portion of the skate rental fees and refreshment sales back for their fundraising efforts.

Create a new winter tradition, offer charitable organizations a way to raise some much-needed funds, and revitalize a business community – now that’s a way to make a synthetic ice rink work for everyone!

Season: now through the end of February 2020

Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 5-9 pm (through January 5 only)
  • Fridays, 5-9 pm
  • Saturdays, noon – 9 pm
  • Sundays, noon – 6 pm

Admission: $0, skate rental $2 or bring your own

Address:  Farmington Public Library

101 N. A Street (in the back parking lot)

Rink size: 112’ x 56’

Town of Dobson, NC

With average temperatures running between 30 and 50 degrees during the winter months, traditional ice rinks would be a bit of a lost cause in North Carolina. However, that didn’t stop the Town of Dobson from wanting to offer the traditional outdoor holiday activity.

They created an outdoor skating rink under an existing picnic shelter, and so far this season, they have received nothing but positive feedback on the venture.

They charge $5 for a 20-minute skating session, and that includes rental skates (visitors can also bring their own skates if they prefer). Visit Ice Skating in the Square for more info.

Season: now through January 19, 2020

Hours:

  • Fridays, 5-8 pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 2-8 pm

Admission: $5 for 20 minutes, includes skate rental or bring your own

Address:   Dobson Square Park

110 South Crutchfield Street

Rink Size: 60’ x 24’

Holdmdel, NJ

Located in the Holiday Village, as part of the Magic of Lights event, a synthetic ice rink gives visitors one more reason to tour the lights, shop local businesses, and enjoy some traditional winter activities regardless of the temperature outside.

Over a million lights are on display, with themes varying from Sports to Christmas Around the World, to Enchanted Tunnels, that visitors can drive through. At the end of the light show, there is a Holiday Village with regional vendors and ice skating for all to enjoy.

A little rain or snow won’t mar the 60’ x 40’ surface, and the rink cleans up in a snap with a broom or mop if needed.

Season: now through January 4, 2020

Hours:

  • Sunday – Thursday, 5-10 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 5-11pm

Admission: Check out Magic of Lights for ticket information

Address: PNC Bank Arts Center

116 Garden State Parkway

Rink Size: 60’ x 40’

Your Town, USA

These are just some of the ways towns and businesses are incorporating skating rinks into their holiday venues around the country:

  • Offering new attractions to draw visitors to existing business areas
  • Allowing schools, churches, youth groups, and other charitable organizations to benefit by volunteering to run the rink and contributing a portion of the proceeds to their fundraising
  • Adding a rink to an existing holiday venue to freshen up a tradition
  • Converting existing park and rec facilities into skating areas where none existed before

Warmer temps are no longer a stopping point for setting up these traditional holiday activities. Where environmental factors would have prohibited these ventures in the past, the use of synthetic ice allows for a unique experience making your venue or event stand out from the others.

Glide up to 50 feet on one stride, skate backwards, and move effortlessly through skating transitions. No topical additives are needed and therefore no oily residue either. Skating on KwikRink Synthetic Ice is just like skating on the real stuff.

KwikRink’s rent-to-buy program is a great way to test out the concept. They offer:

  • Custom-sized synthetic ice rink tailored to your needs
  • Decorative fencing
  • Rental skates
  • Skate sharpeners
  • Rubber matting
  • On-site supervision and installation

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